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    Tour's striking success calls for another trip


    © St. Petersburg Times, published January 12, 2001

    Families and friends will be traveling to Germany and Switzerland this summer on the second Bowl Your Way Through Europe tour sponsored by the Jerry Krauss Strike & Spare Fun Centers of Pinellas County.

    Krauss instituted the tour three years ago. It was a great success, booking husbands and wives, older children and grandchildren for the sightseeing/bowling excursion.

    This year's tour visits some of Europe's most fabled venues -- Munich, Nurnburg, Heidelberg, Frankfurt-Rhineland and the Black Forest.

    "We've received overwhelming response to this year's tour, and we've booked 60 people, including aunts, uncles, wives, husbands and grandchildren of those who went three years ago," Krauss said.

    "Unfortunately, we're all booked this time, but hopefully we will run another tour in the near future," he said.

    Some years ago, Krauss involved his three Pinellas centers in the prestigious German Gold Ball tournament, with home-and-home visits by tourists bowlers from a number of European countries.

    It, too, met with great success and could see a reprise in the future.

    This year's adventurers will spend 14 days touring by bus and boat and bowling in some of Europe's finest centers. The tour starts in Frankfurt on July 3 and ends with a boat tour down the Rhine River to Frankfurt.

    Bowlers will compete in Wuerzburg, Munich and Stans on the shore of Lake Lucerne.

    Krauss maintains close friendship with several German and Swiss proprietors, who probably will be booking return visits to Pinellas County by European bowlers.

    BWTC ENTRIES: Registration is open at $550 per squad for the ABC Brunswick World Team Challenge, Jan. 20-21 at Seminole Lanes.

    It's the first BWTC stop on a 15-city national tour leading to the Grand Championship later this year.

    Teams are limited to one "Level 1" player (a PBA or PWBA touring pro) or two "Level 2" players (any amateur with a PBA or PWBA national, regional or senior title in the past five years).

    Level 2 includes former Team USA members and PBA regional or senior members.

    The prize fund could reach $21,900 if 60 squads enter, with a $5,000 payoff to the winning team, plus merchandise and expenses paid to the Grand Championship.

    There will be a lesser payoff to the winner of the "Second Chance" event. A $1,000 bonus goes to the winning squad provided it has bowled together for at least 54 games during the past or current season.

    The Contour Power Grips team from Milwaukee -- with veterans Jace Peterson, Doug Becker, Dennis Rakauskas, Brian Brazeau and newcomer Mike Sealy -- won last year's event.

    They defeated James Campbell's two-time defending champion Top of the Line Pool Service from Clearwater.

    The Clearwater squad returns with retired five-time PBA titleholder Tom Milton, Ed Perry, Jeff Bellanger and PBA regional pros Joe Viscomi of North Carolina and Campbell.

    For more information, go to the ABC Web site,, or call tournament director Tom Boedecker at the ABC.

    LEADERS TIED: The Stormers and Strike Zone are tied for the lead with 12-2 records in the Junior Olympians League at Countryside Lanes.

    The Pin Crushers and Striking City are deadlocked in second at 10-4.

    Judson VanWorp leads the Stormers with a 101 average. Allison Edgar's 96 average heads the Strike Zone, for bowlers 9-11 years old.

    Team No.1 jumped from third to first in the Countryside Elite League with a 12-2 mark, led by Shawn Ryan and Scott Meredith. They are 1-2 in the scratch singles league.

    Cliff Barnes rolled a 280-760 last week, but his Team No. 5 is last in the league of 12-and-over high-average bowlers.

    The People, led by Richard Sossi and Daniel Tatem, jumped into first past Team No. 2 in the Olympians, for 12-and-older bowlers.

    PERFECT AGAIN: For the second time in less than a year, Largo's Renee Miller fired a 300 game. Her perfect performance at Liberty Lanes last week pushed her to a 773 series in the TGIF League.

    Miller became the 18th woman in Pinellas County to record a perfect game when she shot her first 300-587 at Largo Lanes in March. Her other games in that series were 147 and 140.She carries a 216 average.

    Linda Peak, formerly Linda Land, carded the first women's 300in the county, in 1968 at Sunshine Bowl.

    AROUND THE LANES: Loy Pryor rolled a 290-837 at Twedt's Lanes..Bob Williard fired a 300-826 and Nathan Starner a 300 game at AMF Kenneth City Lanes. ... Doug Bell recorded a 290-780 at Sunshine Bowl. ... Cheryl Allen rolled a 290-682 at Countryside Lanes. ... Bobby Redmond managed a 299 game at Liberty Lanes. ... Gary Brunner rolled a 300-749 at Sunrise Lanes. ... Kenneth Ellis logged a 300-711 at Dunedin Lanes. ... Entries close Monday for the annual Dot Ronnie Ladies Scratch Doubles Tournament, Jan.21 at Tampa's Regal Lanes. ... Entries are open until one hour before the first squad rolls in the 64th annual St.Petersburg Men's City Tournament, Feb.3-4 and 10-11 at Liberty Lanes.

    - Phil Gulick can be reached at or

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